Posting my November reads now so that I can tell y’all to hurry, go buy, read, and listen to my very most favorite this month (in a strong month):
MR. DICKENS AND HIS CAROL ❤️❤️❤️❤️ —Chase away your bah humbugs and remember what Christmas is about, under the deft hands of Samantha Sylvia!! It’s so good, made me cry over and over. Here's my actual review:
Also loved: THE DEAD ROMANTICS about a writer, who talks to the dead, and her editor, by Ashley Piston. This one leaves your heart sore, in a good, romantic way.
Next is HESTER by Laurie Lico Albanese, a raw, feminist imagining of what could have inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.
It was a big month of reinventing famous writer moments and so another one I loved along this line is UNNATURAL CREATURES by Kris Waldherr. Kris does a great job of telling Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein story from the perspective of the ladies!! 💥 It’s fantastic.
I love me Her Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen and have been waiting for the Christmas season to read GOD REST YE, ROYAL GENTLEMEN book #15, (I somehow didn’t catch it before Christmas last year so had to wait, idk why 🤦🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️) and it’s great. (I bet I hurry on and read #16 now, it’s out.) Sometimes the familiar is just oh so easy to digest.
A second offering in a series on harlots in Pompeii is Elodi Harper’s THE HOUSE WITH THE GOLDEN DOOR, also enjoyable and in a world you know will soon disappear. That fact somehow heightens the hook of the book, though not as earth shattering as book 1.
And finally, a book I need more of is Natalie Hayne’s nonfiction offering of the Greek heroines, including how they are depicted in art: PANDORAS JAR. I loved, loved, loved this one.
What have you read and enjoyed?